Monday, August 1, 2016

Tokyo, Japan, Wins the Little League Baseball® Japan Region Championship

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Chofu Little League from Tokyo, Japan, will participate in the Little League Baseball® World Series for the second time in the league’s history after winning the 2016 Japan Region Tournament. Chofu Little League defeated Sendai Higashi Little League from Sendai in the Championship Game on Sunday, July 31. 16 teams participated in the two-day event held in Ueda-city, Nagano, Japan.

This will be the 27th time a team from Japan has competed at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, gaining direct entry in 2007. Chofu Little League captured the banner at the 1976 Little League Baseball World Series, advancing to the final game behind a perfect game thrown by Kiyoshi Tsumura.

The Japan Region stands as the reigning Little League Baseball World Series Champions, as Tokyo Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo finished last year’s tournament undefeated, including a victory over the U.S. Champions from the Mid-Atlantic Region, Red Land Little League, in the Championship Game. It marked the third time a team from Tokyo Kitasuna Little League won the championship banner, and the fourth time in the last six years a Japanese team emerged victorious. In Little League Baseball World Series history, Japan’s 10 championships is second only to Chinese Taipei’s 17 for most championships by a non-U.S. nation.

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Region runner-up, Sendai Higashi Little League was also trying to make their league’s second appearance in Williamsport. In 2002, Sendai Higashi Little League advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game, falling to Valley Sports American Little League from Louisville, Ky., 1-0.

Chofu will open play as Japan Region Champions on Friday, August 19, at Volunteer Stadium at 5 p.m., when they face the Canada Region Champion. Canada’s representative will be determined in their Region Championship Game on Saturday, August 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Spanning the course of 10 days, 32 games will be played in the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, culminating in the Championship Game, which is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. For more information on the 2016 Little League Baseball World Series, visit